13 Oct, 2016

Stefan De Bod Misses a Top Ten Position in Doha, Qatar


Stefan de Bod missed out on a top ten position at the u-23 men’s time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Doha Qatar on Monday.

He rode to the 11th spot in a time of 1min 22sec behind winner Marco Mathis of Germany who clocked a time of 34min 08sec for the 28.9 kilometer course.

Stefan who was part of Team South Africa at the 2014 African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana, won a gold medal in the same time trial two years ago. Speaking after his race, he said: “A Time Trial is always super tough but the heat here in Qatar made it even harder. I didn’t want to start too fast, so I controlled it at the beginning. My heart rate was a lot higher than usual because of the heat. Going into the last lap I felt good but I suffered the last 8km and lost a lot of time. My mistake was that I didn’t drink enough.” He continued

Although the disappointing finished Stefan remains optimistic ‘Still, I’m happy with the experience and I learned from my mistakes. I hope to be on that podium in the next year or two, I’ve trained and raced in hotter conditions in South Africa but coming from Europe now it was definitely quite a shock to the system.” Said Stefan who now lives, Italy for about seven months racing with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental.

For the Time Trial Stefan rode the Cervelo P5, the same model used by the World Tour Team, receiving the bike only two weeks prior to the race. He will, however, be back on the R3 model when he competes in the road race on Thursday.